KDOT lettings: October 2020

There are quite a few projects up for bids at the KDOT October letting, including a couple of reconstruction projects, plenty of overlays, and quite a few county bridge projects.


99-99 KA 2603-04: Reconstruction and re-alignment of K-99 from I-70 north to K-18.

105 N 0686-01: Bike route marking along Strong Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue in KCK. Combination of “Shared Lane” and dedicated bike lane.

81-15 KA-5834-01: Milling and HMA overlay from the Ottawa/Cloud county line to Eagle Road

81-15 KA-5993-01: Pavement marking from the North city limits of Concordia to Union Road

27 TE 0474-01: Stormwater improvements near the K-14/K-140 junction in Ellsworth.

14-45 KA-5824-01: 2-inch surface recycling and chip seal from US 36 to the Nebraska state line.

36-45 KA-5827-01: 2-inch surface recycling and chip seal from 260 Road to the Jewell/Republic county line.

62 U 2330-02: Safe Routes to School project in Beloit

56-64 KA 3941-01: Replacement of Bridge #031 (Rock Creek) on US-56 in Morris County, located 7.05 miles east of the east K-177 junction just west of the Morris/Lyon county line.

41-72 KA-5828-01: 1.5-inch HMA overlay on K-41 (entire route)
106-72 KA-5835-01: Milling and HMA overlay from K-18 to Minneapolis

183-82 KA-5841-01: Milling and HMA overlay from R Road to the south city limits of Stockton Federal ACNHP-A584(101)

24-97 KA-5825-01: Milling and HMA overlay from I-70 to the west city limits of Colby
184-97 KA-5842-01: Milling and HMA overlay of the entire K-184 spur.

61 U 2362-01: Reconstruction of the Baptiste Drive/Hedge Lane intersection in Paola.

169-106 KA 3255-01: Reconstruction of US 169 from 140th Road in Neosho County south of Chanute to 1150 Road in Allen County. Detour via K-39, US 75, and either K-47 or US 54.

106 KA 4748-03: Signage upgrade on the entire length of US 50 in Reno County, along with K-61 from K-11 to the Reno/McPherson county line.

54-87 KA-5830-01: PCCP patching and pavement marking from 1/2 mile east of 295th Street to 119th Street in western Sedgwick County.

54-87 KA-5831-01: Milling and HMA overlay from 215th to 183rd Streets in Western Sedgwick County, as well as near the Dugan Road interchange in Wichita. Federal ACNHP-A583(101)

93 C 4993-01: Major collector Signing & pavement marking in Stafford County.

Federal-Aid, Local Projects:

59 C 4928-01: Reconstruction of the 14th Avenue/Chisholm Road intersection south of McPherson

64 C 5000-01: Replacement of This Pony Truss southeast of White City

25 C 4958-01: Bridge replacement on Road 18 north of Howard.

63 C 4975-01: Replacement of a 12-foot median with a Two-way left turn lane along 10th Street on the south side of Independence.

4 C 4944-01: Replacment of This bridge south of Medicine Lodge.

73 C 4948-01: Replacement of This Bridge over the Pawnee River between Burdett and Rozel

78 C 4960-01: Replacement of This wood bridge over Goose Creek in southwestern Reno County.

13 C 4945-01: Replacement of This wood bridge on Road 14 over Bluff Creek.


31 KA-5850-01: Milling and HMA overlay on K-57 between K-244 across Milford Dam to US 77, and a short section of US 77 near the K-57/K-244 junction.

4-106 KA-5871-01: Milling and HMA overlay from US 77 (just west of the Dickinson/Morris county line) to the Morris/Wabaunsee County line

117-77 KA-5836-01: Milling and HMA overlay along the entire length of K-117 from US 36 to the Nebraska line.

50-93 KA-5914-01: Milling and HMA overlay of the Rest Area and parking lot along US 50 between St. John and Stafford

106 KA-5874-01: 2-inch HMA overlay on K-96 from US 50 in Hutchinson to Maize

96 KA-5877-01: Milling and HMA overlay on US 81 from 3 miles south of Wellington to the Sumner/Sedgwick county line and US 160 from Wellington to Oxford.


KDOT Lettings: August 2020

The KDOT August lettings consist primarily of maintenance projects, including three state highway signage projects and a major collector signage project. The main replacement/widening project is on K-33 in Wellsville.

This post has been updated to reflect the approved bidders and the bid amount as announced by KDOT in a release on September 14. The approved bids announced on the 14th will be noted in red.

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Labor Day weekend railfanning

For me, Labor Day weekend would not be one without me going out and taking pictures of something railroad related. This year, I decided to head out to Camden, Missouri on the joint BNSF Marceline Sub and Norfolk Southern Kansas City District. I was last here on Labor Day weekend in 2018.


KDOT Lettings: September, 2020

Time for the September lettings, and we’ve got a major project included.

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Primary Ballot not Counted due to USPS SNAFU

Because my family had to quarantine for two weeks leading to the Primary, my mother and I both applied for and received advanced ballots.

After filling out and signing out ballots, I dropped them off together at the drop box at the Downtown Lawrence post office on August 1.

The ballots should have gone from Lawrence to the Shawnee Mission sorting facility, then to Oskaloosa for delivery to the Jefferson County Clerk.

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GOP Primary 2020

For this year’s primary election, I did not go to the polling place on Tuesday. Because of a COVID-related quarantine, I elected to receive a mail-in advance ballot. I mailed the ballot in on August 1st.

There were only two contested races on my primary ballot. Both of the contested races were won by my preferred candidate.

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Trio of Late Amtrak trains

My exploits capturing a series of late Amtrak trains in late June and early July of 2020


KDOT Contract Lettings: July, 2020

There are 13 projects up for bids in July, including signage replacement along US 50 and K-61 in Reno County.


Makin’ my way to Newton

Following up from my trip to Wedel Acres a couple of weeks ago… after leaving Wedel Acres, I pointed my Subaru west on US 50 and headed toward Newton.

While in Newton, I went browsing through the local antique dealerships (mask on, of course). The first one happened to be trackside, and just as I was entering the first store, I heard the familiar sound of a crossing signal activating. I turned back outside to catch a westbound manifest with a little bit of color within the power.

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Saturday Morning at Wedel Acres

This past weekend, after seeing pictures and discussion on Facebook about Wedel Acres in Peabody, I finally decided to check it out.

Peabody is located just northeast of Newton in Marion County just off of US 50. It is also where the BNSF La Junta Sub crosses the UP [née Rock Island] Lost Springs Sub.

A fellow railfan named Dwight Wedel was able to acquire a small tract of land on the southeast side of the BNSF/UP crossing and has constructed a replica train station.